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Britain joins US on frontlines after beheading video
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

LONDON, September 3, 2014: Britain joined the United States on the frontline against the Islamic State today after a British hostage's life was threatened in a gruesome video, with the government saying it would not rule out taking part in air strikes if necessary.
 
"I can assure you that we will look at every possible option to protect this...

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Indonesian energy minister named corruption suspect
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

JAKARTA, September 3, 2014: Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption agency today named the energy minister a suspect in a corruption case, the third member of the Cabinet to become embroiled in a graft scandal in recent times. Jero Wacik stands accused of extortion of state funds and abuse of power, and is suspected of swelling his ministry's budget by almost 10 billion rupiah ($850,000) through illicit activities, the agency said....

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Second US reporter murdered as Iraq forces advance
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014: The Islamic State has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another propaganda video today showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.
 
In the latest footage, 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff addresses the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama's decision to press on with air strikes against the jihadists....

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First MH17 crash report due in two weeks
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

THE HAGUE, September 2, 2014: Dutch air crash investigators said today an initial report into what brought down flight MH17 in Ukraine will be released this week or the next. Of the 298 passengers killed when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 exploded over strife-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 193 were Dutch citizens. ...

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Doubts raised over British PM's anti-jihadist plans
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LONDON, September 2, 2014: British media on today voiced scepticism over vague plans announced by Prime Minister David Cameron to counter the threat of jihadist fighters travelling to Iraq and Syria.
 
Cameron said that among the measures envisaged was a plan to give border police powers to seize passports from departing would-be jihadists and restricting the movement of suspects.
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China accuses Britain of interference over HK inquiry
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BEIJING, September 2, 2014: China today accused London of interfering in its domestic affairs, over a British parliamentary inquiry into democratic reforms in its former colony Hong Kong.
 
The public rebuke followed reports yesterday that Chinese authorities had written to the parliamentary foreign affairs select committee to demand the probe be dropped.
 
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UN chief warns against military solution for Ukraine
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

KIEV, September 2, 2014: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Western powers today there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis, after the government here accused Russia of launching a great war.
 
As NATO prepares to upgrade its combat readiness in eastern Europe, Ban said he was greatly concerned at developments in Ukraine and wanted to avoid further deterioration to a very chaotic and dangerous situation....

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Castro compares NATO to Nazi SS, slams US, Israel for ‘creating ISIS’
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro compared NATO’s recent statements to that of Nazi SS and accused US and its allies of igniting conflicts abroad. Castro slammed John McCain for backing Israel and accused both of being involved in the creation of ISIS.‘Stop NATO!’ Anti-militarist protest gains momentum in Wales ahead of summit...

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Tripoli under militia control as Libya chaos deepens
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TRIPOLI, September 1, 2014: Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted today from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of this city to armed militias.
 
The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, which resigned last week, said armed groups, mostly Islamist militias, were in control of ministries and blocking access to government workers....

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UN Human Rights Council to probe IS crimes in Iraq
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GENEVA, September 1, 2014: The UN Human Rights Council today unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was facing a terrorist monster.
 
The 47 members of the United Nations' top rights body accepted without a vote a resolution urging the probe presented by Iraq and supported by more than 100 states....

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